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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

World premiere for Hebden Bridge Arts Festival first short film commission

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is hosting the world premiere of postman turned auteur Kevin Boniface's debut short, The Rookery.

Kevin BonifaceBy day Boniface was posting letters round Huddersfield, but after his shift he was using funding from an Arts Festival micro-commission to make his half hour long film taking an outsider's view of Hebden Bridge which has its premiere at the Picture House on 5 September at 5pm.

In a departure from Boniface's normal style he took his habitual recording of sound and vision away from its usual locations and concentrated solely on Hebden Bridge. Very early in the process the chatter of the ever-present jackdaws was picked up by the audio equipment and soon became a focus for the film.

Throughout the movie the jackdaws share space with a vast range of local characters walkers, bikers, canal boaters, skaters, the man who is inside a burger bun, the woman with the purple fleece and matching hair, Coco and Dior, a crocodile of primary school children, a pedigree Weimaraner, and even a psychic evening featuring psychometry.

Kevin Boniface said, "It's a dream come true to have my first film shown in a historic, community owned cinema like the Picture House. None of this would have been possible without the funding from the Arts Festival, but, as importantly, the co-operation of the townfolk who really got behind the project."

The free screening of The Rookery is the festival's first short film commission and is part of their move to putting on a series of one off events throughout the year.

Artistic Director Helen Meller said: "We originally wanted to put Kevin's beautiful film on during the main festival, but he needed to put a few finishing touches to it, so we decided to make it a free event as a thank you to everyone who supported the festival.

"It is a total vindication of us creating micro-commissions with small pots of money to support emerging talent who have a great idea, so we're delighted that Kevin has really delivered something special and done Hebden Bridge proud."

The free screening of The Rookery is at Hebden Bridge Picture House on 5 September with doors open at 4.30pm.

Previously, the Festival on the HebWeb

  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival thanks HebWeb for its support (Monday, 27 July 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Hebden Bridge Arts Festival looks for new blood (26 July 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Street Sundae Weekend 2 (7 July 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Street Sundae Weekend 1 (22 June 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Our hills are alive with the sound of nuns (14 June 2015)
  • HebWeb News: The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star (9 June 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Calling all Young Playwrights! (24 May 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival backs After Alice (20 May 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival programme launched (19 May 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Festival jewellery and Festival hair (12 May 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Arts Festival is looking for new volunteers! (12 May 2015)
  • HebWeb News: I Am Kloot join Hebden Bridge Arts Festival bill (April 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Got an idea? Hebden Bridge Arts Festival wants to help (30 March 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Local street acts needed for Arts Festival (25 March 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Young Producer Sam Bell visits Reuters (10 February 2015)
  • HebWeb News: Hebden Shorts 2015: Open Gardens are back! (17 December 2014)
  • HebWeb News: Hebden Shorts 2015: Get writing over Christmas (11 December 2014)
  • HebWeb News: Exclusive first public showing of Arts Festival video (24 November 2014)
  • HebWeb News: Young arts producers win national awards (20 November 2014)
  • Arts Festival Website

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